Ball State University

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Family Studies program prepares students to promote the well-being of individuals and families across the life-span in both professional and personal contexts. The program coursework is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for certification as a Family Life Educator.

Students completing the program are expected to achieve the following program goals:

  • Understand the major theories in Family Studies and appropriately apply to practice
  • Understand and critically evaluate the research process and key content knowledge in Family Studies and translate research findings and content knowledge into practice
  • Understand and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for Family Studies, including the use of technology when appropriate
  • Understand the influence of the broader social, cultural, and historical context on children, families, and relationships and apply to practice
  • Successfully complete the criteria for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator
Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Scott Hall (adviser)
Department Emphasis
  • 65% Family Studies
  • 20% Child/Human Development
  • 15% Social Work
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

2000 West University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Infant/Toddler Development
  • Child Development
  • Life & Workplace Management
  • Family Relations
  • Parenting
  • Presentations, Practices, & Techniques for Family Life Education
  • Marriage
  • Family Stressors & Crises
  • Family Policy
  • Grant Writing and Research Methods
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

We have knowledgeable and friendly faculty who keep updated on the latest family scholarship through conducting and reading research, making state and national presentations, belonging to professional organizations, and networking with professional colleagues. Our curriculum fulfills the academic requirements for becoming a Certified Family Life Educator. Internships are available across the state and many have lead to employment following graduation. Currently most family courses have an enrollment of 45 students or less.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
September, 2000
CFLE Contact
Scott Hall
CFLE Contact Email